The National Merchant Buying Society is setting out to find the independent merchant that best gets into the spirit of Halloween, with the launch of a new fundraising competition to raise money for construction industry charity CRASH.
The competition is asking merchant branches to transform their trade counters, displays, or perhaps even part of their yards, using all manner of spooky decorations to celebrate Halloween on 31st October.
Staff members are also being encouraged to dress up for the occasion – the spookier and more creative the outfit, the better – while asking customers and fellow staff members to sponsor them, and to give generously to CRASH.
NMBS’ suppliers can also get involved by decorating their offices and showrooms in support of the charity.
To enter the competition, merchants and suppliers should take to social media on 31st October and upload photos of their spook-tacular decorated branches and fancy dress to Twitter and Instagram, remembering to tag @nationalmerch and using the hashtag #nmbshalloween.
NMBS is also offering prizes for the best entries. The best branch – as voted for by NMBS – will win 10,000 Professional Points to spend with NMBS, worth an impressive £500. The person who is voted the best dressed on the day will win a fantastic six-piece Makita Power Tool Kit.
Once all sponsorship money has been collected, NMBS is asking merchants and suppliers to donate it to CRASH via this dedicated page on Virgin Money Giving – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nmbshalloween – with the ultimate goal of raising over £5,000 for the charity.
CRASH is a practical charity that assists homelessness and hospice charities with construction-related projects, creating places that care for people. CRASH works collaboratively with the projects it supports, offering free-of-charge professional expertise, by sourcing and specifying building materials, and through the awarding of cash grants donated by the construction and property industry.
Dean Hayward, sales and marketing manager at NMBS, said: “We wanted to do something fun and a little different with our members and suppliers to celebrate Halloween, and what better than to use the occasion to support a fantastic industry charity? We would encourage all our members and suppliers to get involved – and involve their customers too – so we can raise as much as possible for the vital work that CRASH does.”